Police hunt ‘Hamburglar’

A man who allegedly tried to break into McDonalds Corio. Picture: Facebook.

By Luke Voogt

A “Hamburglar” who allegedly attempted to break into McDonalds Corio has appeared in a series of police posts on Tuesday.

The posts called for public assistance in several unsolved burglaries dating as far back as April.

About 2.10am last Friday a man removed a roof well hatch and attempted to gain entry through the roof of McDonalds, Corio, police alleged.

They said the “Hamburglar” was wearing light blue jeans, a light-coloured windcheater and a backpack, and arrived and left the scene on a bicycle.

Police are also hunting a woman who allegedly stole a Guess handbag worth $199 from a display outside Strandbags in Westfield Geelong at 10.26am on 12 April.

The woman made no attempt to pay for the bag and walked away with it in her possession,police said.

They described the woman as 30 to 40 years of age, of Caucasian appearance and wearing a black cardigan, white singlet, green cargo pants, thongs and sunglasses.

Meanwhile police are hunting the last of three offenders who allegedly smashed the glass front door of VAPE 4 Life on Separation St, Bell Park.

They stole approximately $350 from the cash register and numerous vapour oil products before fleeing west on foot along Separation St, police said.

“Offenders are suspected of committing other burglaries in the immediate area within a 12-hour period,” the post said.

“Two offenders have been subsequently arrested but police are still seeking the third offender.”

Police released a picture of a male “believed to hold valuable information which will assist … the investigation as he was in the area at the time”.

More recently other thieves allegedly stole a truck and ute from a property on Princes Hwy, Buckley, near Modewarre, sometime between 5.30pm on Sunday and 7.30am on Monday.

The thieves took a white 1994 Mercedes Truck registration 06024P and a white 2013 Ford Ranger registration ZTH548, police said.

Police are also hunting a man who allegedly stole a large amount of electrical equipment from Office Works Waurn Ponds in two separate incidents on 1 and 16 June.

Geelong Crime Investigation Unit detectives arrested two 33-year-old men from West Meadows following an armed robbery at a service station on Portarlington Rd, Moolap last Tuesday.

Two men entered the Shell Service Station at 3.57pm, armed with a sledgehammer and a knife, before stealing cash and cigarettes.

Police arrested one of the men last Thursday and the other on Tuesday.

They charged the first man with armed robbery and remanded him in custody. They were interviewing the second man on Tuesday and expected to charge him too.

“Well done to those police members involved and thank you for those people who supplied information that assisted police,” the post said.

Police urged anyone with information on any of the alleged burglaries to phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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